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Brewed by Birrificio del Ducato
Style: Imperial Stout
Roncole Verdi di Busseto (PR), Italy
Serve in Snifter

bottled
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on tap
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RATINGS: 540   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Top fermented beer which is subjected to a secondary fermentation in bottle. It is deep dark ebony in color with a cappuccino head. The nose has aromas of chocolate, licorice, coffee grounds and tobacco with alcohol nuances. Its full bodied, long lasting, smooth and dry mouth is followed by a surprisingly hot finish that breaks its initial fullness and makes you crave more!

It is suitable for aging.

Dedicating one of our beers to Giuseppe Verdi was a must since our microbrewery is located in Roncole Verdi, the composer’s birth place. When I returned from my first visit to New York City I decided to create a beer that would be superior in elegance, balance and drinkability to all those stout varieties I had overseas. Although the initial recipe has changed, the very first batch matched my vision. Its uniqueness lays in the use of chili pepper which combines very well with the beer’s chocolate aroma. The hot finish also lightens its full bodied mouth by awakening the palate.

Verdi Imperial Stout is the first Italian craft beer to have ever been crowned with a gold medal in its category at an International beer contest. In 2008 it ranked first at The European Beer Star in the Imperial Stout category.
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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 17, 2010
Pours a black color with brown highlights and a thin light brown head. Aroma of chocolate and mild roasted malt. Flavor of chocolate and roasted malt with some dryness along for the ride. This is an interesting beer, but it doesn’t compare favorably to the bolder American imperial stouts.

2.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Borresteijn (6289) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - JUN 8, 2010
On tap at 4:20 RBESG Rome day 2. Black colour, brown head. Aroma of chocolate, hard roasted malts, light spicy. Flavour is some chocolate and hard roasted malts at first, then extremely hot spicy and peppery, burning the throat. Pepperiness is almost gimmicky, it’s that hot. Undrinkable.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (5797) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2010
Bottle: Poured a deep pitch-black color stout with a large foamy head with deep dirty brown color head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of deep roasted malt with coffee notes. Taste has also loads of character with great roasted notes and some deep coffee notes with some dry black chocolate notes also noticeable. Body is quite full with great smooth texture with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well done with load of character though still easily drinkable. Nice mix between a cappuccino and an imperial stout.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 3, 2010
Cool looking shape to this 330 ml bottle; dense dark brown with trace tan head; creamy, milk chocolate with a mild lactic sourness throughout; peppery spice too; ashy finish with dried peppers; not exactly my thing

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
stoutchap (422) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2010
Fantastic Imperial Stout from a land that focuses almost entirely on light-colored weak-bodied "beer". Perhaps I rate this so high b/c it is such a rarity in the Italian context. It pours dark, dark chocolate brown with a thin fizzy cappuccino head. Notes of malt and chocolate and alcohol in the nose. A solid mouthfeel, with a silky smoothness. The alcohol is masked more with the balanced maltiness. Great Imperial Stout! There is yet hope for stout-heads visiting Italy!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - MAY 21, 2010
Bottle at Marea. This really changed the way I looked at Italian beers. I had no idea they could be this big, having mainly tried fizzy yellow italian brews. medium full in the mouthfeel, less acidic than other imperial stouts. Not packing much of a sting.. delicious espresso and malt. Finished on the long side - very nice!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tim Webb (345) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 18, 2010
I hate style subdivision beyond a certain point. The whole Imperial thing derives from that Barclays / Courage UK beer, long gone, which shared little or nothing with this fine strong stout. Taste the politics. This beer is big, round, ballsy and, er, Italian, putting it way beyond its local context. That is what is important about it, not how it compares with beers designed for something different. Lovely shaped bottle too. Like that matters.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 16, 2010
Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Smells of dark fruit, some spice, roasted malt. Tastes of roasted malt, spicy, bitter. Not much of a hot pepper bite. Good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAY 6, 2010
I had this on tap at Beachwood BBQ’s Italian Beer Festival. This black pour had nice roasty, chocolatey and peppery flavors.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwalking05 (4567) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAY 5, 2010
Black with a small tan head. Aroma is of pepper, roasted malts, and coffee. Taste is of roasted malts, coffee and pepper in the finish.


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